Chicago >Restaurants > HARO Tapas Y Pintxos
2436 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6060841.847327 -87.683369
Neighborhoods: Pilsen (Lower West Side), Pilsen, West Side
What in the world happened? – Only six months ago, I wrote here about how in love I was with Haro. In that time, Haro has downspiraled into a mess of a restaurant. It seems the ownership is blindly grasping at a theme or a catchy crowd-drawing gimmick. He should have stuck with the age-old trick: good food, good service. Now you show up and there is a dj (this place is MUCH too small for a dj...it's a tapas bar! Who even needs a dj???) playing some kind of 70s underground funk music. Maybe if I had been in the mood for a loud bar scene...instead of a night of good conversation, Spanish wine and delicious food...maybe then I could have appreciated the unbearable beat that was too loud to speak over. Did I mention there were more employees than customers? Who was that music for anyway? Certainly not the older couples trying to enjoy their meal above the noise.
And what is with the Sox and Cubs gimmicks too? Is this a sports bar? Seriously, pick a theme and go with it. Otherwise, you just come across as erratic, lacking direction and seriously misguided. I miss my old Haro, the one with the actual Spanish entertainment, missing televisions and non-watered down sangria. I strongly urge Haro's ownership to turn this place back into the gem it used to be.
Fantastic Tapas. My tongue thanks you, Haro! – This place is adorable. To brighten up a bad day, I go to Haro and order the sumptuous salmon pinxtos. While soaking in the ambiance of this tiny morsel of a restaurant, I order my Mar de Frades. This Spanish wine, an albarino, is like no other; and this liquid gold works on my tired mind like a spa treatment in a bottle. Flamenco music dances in the air around me. Then the salmon arrives. Slightly savory and indisputably delicate, the fresh pinky fish is piled onto lightly toasted sourdough. The shallots and caper topping tumultuously tease my tongue, and then I take a sip of my albarino. Ooh. My. God. I must say this is nothing but a godly pairing of fine wine and fine food with the cadences of Latino music in my ears. If it weren't for experiences like this, I don't know why anyone would even bother with food at all.
The service is terrific, and the owner, who is usually present, is passionate in his pursuit of the extraordinary.
Great atmophere great food, and the best prices. – I have been to Haro's approximately 15 times in the past 6 months. I have not had one bad experience, each time I have gone there I enjoy it more and more. .
My routine is to start with a caprichosa. A great drink similar to sangria, but a little more robust. Excellent drink to start your evening with and unwind.
Next, I order a starter plate like Solomillo al Cabrales, strips of stake with potatoes and a delicious sauce that out of this world. With this, I ask Jessie the bartender to pour me a glass of red wine, usually Infinitus Merlot.
Next I order Salmon ahumado. These pintxos are thinly slices of smoked salmon on top of these small slices of bread, toped with capers, shaved egg and shallots?. These are truly phenomenal. If you like salmon you will enjoy this plate.
I?m not usually a desert eater but Gina makes a wonderful creme burley that reminds me one I had in New Orleans once and no were else have I had one just like it.
So the atmosphere, the coziness, the food, the wine, and not to mention the prices, you cannot go wrong. All the tapas are $5 bucks. This is my place for while, and I recommend this to all my friends.
TERRIBLE...AWFUL...DISGUSTING... NOT REAL TAPAS FROM VASCO SPAIN – TERRIBLE, AWFUL? never coming back here EVER!!! I took my fiance here on our anniversary right after seeing Circus Soleil?s Delirium at the United Center. What started of as a great evening end it up in disaster thanks to Haros Tapas. First of all I had called in for a reservation a week prior. They told me I had to call on the day of the reservation to confirm, which I did. When we got there, no one greeted us? and when the host, who is also the manager, who is also one of the waitresses? finally asked us for our reservations? she sat us AT THE BAR?. This place is ridiculous... I reserve a table? had to sit at the bar? and she is telling me she is booked?. My fiance is from Spain and I constantly travel there on business? We both agreed that the food was NOT EVEN CLOSE to what they would serve you in Vasco, Spain. The figs wrapped in Serrano ham were not even close to the real thing? Serrano ham is supposed to be salty to contrast the figs? I felt like I was eating a Fig Newton? The Mojitos tasted like mineral water and lime?. We finally cancelled the rest of our tapas after waiting for them for a half hour and seeing the cook walk out of the bathroom and scratching his privates? If you want TAPAS, DO NOT EAT HERE? THIS PLACE IS DISGUSTING, RUDE, AND RIDICULOUS? GO TO CAFE IBERICO, RIOJA TAPAS, EMILIOS, MESON SABIKA OR EVEN MCDONALDS?
Delicious and Unique Tapas – We went to Haro when it first opened and it quickly became a regular spot for us. The food is outstanding and is unlike any other tapas i've had in chicago. Their sangria is some of the best i've tasted! In the summertime they open everything up and set up tables on the sidewalk so you get to enjoy the weather, food, drinks and Flamenco dancing! It's amazing! i've brought many out of town guests here and everyone just loves it. It is a small place so even if you do have reservations, there can be a wait. Between sampling all of the different dishes and watching the entertainment, it's hard to judge how long people will stay. That's why we try to get there earlier, before the crowd arrives!
PS The valet service is the same service used by every restaurant on the strip and is not operated by Haro. If you have a problem with the valet you should take it up with the valet company. I also wouldn't recommend valeting your car at a restaurant and then leaving it there after you leave that restaurant...
Nightmare!!! – The restaurants forces the diner to make reservations within the restaurants mandatory 2 hour time slots . This is because the restaurant is the size of a shoe box. Not being dissuaded by this unusual restriction , we arrive at 8:15 sharp . We uncomfortably stood around for 30 mins in this extremely small space . When we were finally approached by host we were told we would have to sit at the cramped bar for dinner as the tables were only for parties of 4 or more . Unhappy with this outcome we cancelled our reservation and went to Ignotz Ristorante across the street, which turned out to be a spectacular dining experience . When we returned to Haro's valet service to pick up our car we found the valet had left the car headlights on and we had a dead battery . We had to wait for half an hour for the valet to jump start our car battery while we sat in the car in the freezing cold weather . Haro's customer service skills were non existent within the restaurant and out . We will never go back .
Punchy Basque cuisine and a lively atmosphere heat up the far Southwest side. – The Scene
Occupying an unremarkable building on a mostly residential street in Little Italy, Haro convincingly sets a Spanish tone inside. A dramatic wood fixture swoops over the attractively backlit bar, and a young, local crowd fills the heavy wood-block benches and tables filling the rest of the small room. Thumping Spanish techno music encourages lively energy, and strains conversation.
Basque food is commonly revered in Spain, and Haro doesn't disappoint. Any of the tiny pinxtos--Basque mini tapas--are good starting points, particularly the rich blood sausage-stuffed roast pepper. The menu divides between hot and cold tapas, with notable entries like Serrano ham-wrapped scallops dotted with aioli, and a savory ramekin-bake brimming with sausage, mushrooms, potatoes, and eggs. Fish options abound; garlicky shrimp get finished with wine, while marinated baby eels pack a spicy punch. Entree portions include a juicy rib-eye steak dressed with Cabrales cheese, but few people order beyond the tapas.
Great Food and service – The food here was absolutely amazing!!! Almost as important to me as to taste, quality, creativity, and presentation of food is service and knowledgable staff... This place has it all - Great food, Great staff, and a cozy comfortable atmosphere. Leopoldo, our waiter had great recommendations and the Infinitus wine (merlot) was fantastic. If you want to avoid the crowds, 5:30 is a perfect time for dinner. Leo gave us the best service. This is a great place to go away from the typical downtown restaurants.
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